Summer Solstice: A Crescendo of Light
The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. For many in today’s (northern hemisphere) world that means beach holidays and cookouts, but on a more esoteric level it is the fulfillment of the light of consciousness.
The esoteric year begins at the time just after the Winter Solstice with the return of the light as the days begin to lengthen and the darkness diminishes. The light of the Sun is associated with the principal energy source in the human experience, and the astrological Sun (your Sun Sign as it is called) represents that energy source, that illumination, within your own Self. As the light returns we become more expansive – brighter and more awakened.
The turning of the year between the cardinal points (zero degrees of the cardinal signs) begin with the darkness of the Winter Solstice at zero degrees Capricorn, moving through the Vernal Equinox at zero degrees Aries, culminating at the Summer Solstice in Cancer, and waning at the Autumn Equinox in Libra. Equinoxes are times of balance and equilibrium; solstices are times of ebb and flow.
The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in the individual. The Sun is newly in Cancer – associated with the Moon, the soul (scarab in ancient Egypt) The Moon, ruler of Cancer, is associated with the harvest and the cultivation of the land. The Sun aids in this cultivation in our external lives, and the power of the Moon cultivates the emotional body and the Soul. In esoteric studies the “central sun” acts as the point of integration between Spirit and Matter. At the Solstice the Solar and Lunar powers unite to fuel a transformational shift.
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